This species is known from a couple of localities that are very close to one another in Paramo de los Valles, in the municipality of Cajamarca in Tolima Department, in the central Cordillera Oriental, Colombia, at altitudes of 3,400-3,680m asl. The range of this species could be wider, as the region to the south of the known localities has not been well surveyed.
Habitat and Ecology
It is typically found on low vegetation among grasses in páramo, and has also been recorded from pastureland. It breeds by direct development.
It is not a common species.
The major threat to this species is habitat loss caused by cattle grazing, and in particular the burning of the páramo in order to cause the grass to grow faster for the cattle to graze upon.
The range of this species does not include any protected areas, although the type locality is within an area protected for its role as a water catchment.
Fernando Castro, Maria Isabel Herrera, John Lynch 2004. Pristimantis scopaeus. In: IUCN 2014